You are going to laugh at this, but the last time I made freezer meals I was a newlywed! That’s right – there were 2 of us eating! Once I started having kids, I sort of chickened out when it came to freezer meals. Plus, I was convinced they were going to take up way too much of my precious time and precious freezer space.
A few weeks ago, another blogging homeschool mom of 7 mentioned to me that she had put together an ecourse on how to quickly make Freezer Meals, and I thought – hmmmm…if she can do it with 7, surely I can do it with my brood.
Plus, her freezer looked absolutely amazing! Seriously – watch the short promo video on her site – that’s her REAL freezer! *swoon*
Yesterday afternoon before making out my weekly meal plan and grocery list, I binged watched her video course, and was pleasantly surprised to see that she didn’t say you needed a lot of fancy gadgets, and she didn’t have recipes that contained a lot of extra steps. In fact, she does a lot of what she calls Dump Recipes. (The Pro & Masters Plans contain all of her Dump Recipes as part of the package.)
A few things to note:
*I’m only doing 5 days worth of meals. This is something Sharla calls “Mini Sessions.” If it goes well, I think I’ll try for a bit more so I can have some put back for when baby comes.
Another reason I’m only doing 5 is because this weekend we are celebrating my oldest child’s beginning of college with special meals and snacks of his choosing. (By the way, my son isn’t actually leaving home because the college is nearby, but this is a tradition my husband’s mom started when he was going to college, so we decided to carry on the tradition.)
*I mixed and matched her meal plans. I decided to pull from several of her Beef Dump meal plans, so I wasn’t able to take the shopping list AS IS, but I hardly ever do anything AS IS, so what else is new!?! I also tried to choose meals that used meat I had on hand already.
*I doubled most of the recipes. I have older kids and 10 people in total eating, so after looking at the meals, I decided it would be best to double most of the recipes.
*I’m planning to shop, prep, AND put together the meals in one day. Today, is my normal shopping day and I have a lot of hands to help make this work, so my plan is to shop and then have my big kids prep, and then we’ll all work together to put the meals in bags. Again, we’ll see if I actually accomplish that!
*I’m anxious to see how it affects the grocery budget. Sharla – the creator of Freezer Meals 101 – often does an entire month, so that would definitely up the budget, but where I’m planning to only do 5 days worth, I anticipate seeing a bit of a decrease in the budget because I think the meals will be simpler than what I usually put together. I’ll keep track and let you know! (I do have to keep in mind that buying my son’s party foods may not allow the budget to reflect a real change.)
Sharla also has some great methods for freezer cooking from your own recipes, and easy ideas for making your every day meal prep easier with freeze ahead components. I’m definitely going to start thinking through this as Baby Day nears. I want to make meal prep easy on the kids and Ty because they will be doing the majority of the cooking while I recover.
I’m actually super excited to see how this works for us. Sharla mentions celebrating when you are finished, so I’m mulling over how the kids and I can celebrate tonight when we finish. Maybe a movie and a big bowl of popcorn!
Would you like to learn more about Freezer Meals 101? CLICK HERE!
And if you have any tips for me, drop me a line!
I also wanted to alert you to the fact that Money Saving Mom’s Make Over Your Mornings and Make Over Your Evenings Courses are on sale right now! (August 8-15)! With school starting up, you might want to work on those morning and evening routines. *ahem*
They are $10 a piece, BUT, if you buy one at $10, you have the opportunity to buy the other at $7!